WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a Resolution commemorating the 196th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day on March 25, 2017.

“The United States and Greece have a deep and enduring relationship. I am honored to again stand with my colleagues in the Senate and Greek-Americans across the United States to celebrate the 196th anniversary of Greek independence.” Senator Menendez said. “This Resolution identifies Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy, and applauds the continued commitment of the Greek people to democratic principles. The founders of our country drew heavily upon Ancient Greek philosophy during the formation of our democracy. I am proud to congratulate Greek-Americans and the people of Greece on their 196 years of independence, and I wish everyone well during the celebrations on March 25th.”

The Resolution:

  • Celebrates the 196th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day
  • Recognizes the birth of democracy in Ancient Greece and Greece’s everlasting commitment to democratic governance principles
  • Identifies the important role Greece has played in the wider European Region and throughout the world

Full text of the resolution can be found here.

Senator Menendez authored the Resolution with Senator John Barasso, which includes22 original co-sponsors, including Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Perdue (R-GA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).